Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was a World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the US. Ashe was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. In 1975, he defeated Jimmy Connors for the Wimbledon title.
Arthur Ashe (7/10/1943 - 2/06/1993) is the only African American man to win championships at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, or to captain the US Davis Cup team. He was an outspoken activist against Apartheid and for AIDS awareness, having contracted the disease after heart surgery in 1992. He also wrote a 3-volume series entitled Road to Glory: The History of the African American Athlete.